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Testimonial/Discussion of Integrated Sensory Therapy (Sensory Learning Program)

I was first introduced to the concept of Integrated Sensory Therapy (IST) two years ago through personal testimonials of other parents with Autism Spectrum children who had witnessed remarkable improvements resulting from the treatment. At that time, we opted for alternative therapies for our oldest son.  In June of 2009, however, our  youngest son went through the 12-day regimen in office IST (AKA Sensory Learning Program) as well as the 18-day at home light component.  As of this writing, we have seen marked improvements in the areas of short term memory (Which was our primary concern), as well as speech clarity, and attention span.   Our son can now remember the names of people whom he would only vaguely remember  meeting in the past.  We look forward to the coming school year where we will be able to better gage specific effects of the passing summer.

During the summer of 2005, as part of research for a Master’s degree in Statistics, I did cursory exploration into brain activity associated with various stimuli (auditory, tactile, and visual).  Specifically, the data for FMRI brain scans was being spatially and temporally analyzed to better understand connectivity between/among the various regions of the brain which respond to differing input.  Based on this research and rationalizing the problems of sensory overload that many Autism Spectrum children experience, the behavioral conditioning resulting from Integrated Sensory Therapy (ITS) (AKA - SLIP) makes sense.  Put simply, if there are issues with connectivity within the brain, then multiple inputs will cause an “overload” of sorts.  Almost every situation in life results in multiple stimuli as there is rarely a purely visual, auditory, or tactile experience (sight, sound, and touch are inseparable parts of the normal human experience). This overload manifests itself in a person’s inability to cope with certain inputs (loud noises, specific smells, tactile aversions etc).  By forcing the brain to deal with multiple inputs (light, sound, motion) in a controlled environment, IST works to desensitize the brain, making handling multiple inputs more normative.  The end result is a brain better able to cope with various simultaneous stimuli in a regular life environment.  When these connectivity issues present less of a problem, the individual is better able to function in a more controlled and rational manner consistent with the results witnessed in numerous IST (Sensory Learning) patients.

A.B.

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